July 31: Saint Ignatius of Loyola Spanish Papas

3 things about Ignatius of Loyola:

1. If you were still looking for a way to up your prayer life or a tool helpful for confession, consider Ignatius’ daily examen.

2. He is THE founder of the Jesuit order.

3. This happened in part because his leg was shattered by a cannonball. He was a military superstar in the making, and that came to a halt with a sudden blow. He read about the life of Christ, and life for him was never the same. In fact, during that year, he wrote out the daily examen.

2 tips for this recipe:

1. The smaller your potatoes cut, the more cooked and crisp they will be all the sooner!

2. Garnish with fresh parsley or a nice cheese like assaggio for a little flair! And feel free to add more paprika if you are good with it. 😎


1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon smoked Spanish paprika
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried thyme
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 pounds of new potatoes, chopped
1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon


1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.

2 . Place the tomato paste, olive oil, smoked paprika, parsley, oregano, basil, thyme, salt and pepper into a large bowl. Mix well until combined.

3. Chop the potatoes into halves or quarters and add them to the sauce. Make sure they are coated well!

4. On a baking sheet or in a baking tray, bake potatoes for 40-50 minutes, until they are cooked and crispy.

5. Remove the potatoes from the oven and sprinkle lemon juice on top.

Saint Ignatius of Loyola, pray for us!

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